Ganesh Himal Trek takes you to the unexplored central-eastern region of Nepal. You will be trekking through steep inclines that challenge you and reward you with breathtaking views of the snowy peaks ahead and the valleys below.
You will find famous mountain peaks like the Ganesh Himal, Lamjung himal, Annapurna range, Langtang range, and Gosaikunda range greeting and cheering for you. You will also be trekking up to Highlander Sing La pass that offers you an up-close, breathtaking view of it all.
The trek itself will take about 10 days of walking and 14 days in total. Additionally, we will be driving from Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar. Right from the get-go, you will feel transported into the countryside with the terraced farms, forested trails, and the bright blue sky up ahead. You will be reaching isolated settlements that give you the true feeling of leaving the busy city behind.
Prepare yourself for a trek that will be one you remember forever. With diverse flora and fauna as well as the mixed cultural diversity of Tamangs, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, and more throughout various settlements, you will never be short of things to marvel upon.
The best time for this trek is during Spring and Autumn. This trek is difficult, so previous trekking experience will be helpful. However, it is best to avoid trekking during the rainy season for your safety. The skies will also be much clearer and offer a better view during these seasons.
With Nepal Social Trek & Expedition, you can rest assured that our trained professionals will guide you in your trails. Whether it is geography, culture, or architecture, our guides have packed their rucksacks with stories to ensure that you can truly understand the land you traverse. We also have porters and first aid kits handy so that we can ensure that all you have to do is enjoy your trek and marvel at the beauty around you.
For a trip that combines an aesthetic, cultural, and thrilling trekking experience in one, the Ganesh Himal Trek is a perfect choice.
Why You’ll Love This Trek
- Glorious panoramic views of famous peaks like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Manaslu Himal
- Taking on forested trails that lead you into lush rhododendron, oak, and pine forests
- Reaching sparsely or only seasonally populated settlements and exploring such isolated areas
- A glimpse into the hospitality and everyday lifestyle of many villages
- Walking along multiple rivers and across various suspension bridges
- Trekking through diverse terrains of farmlands, grasslands, and steep inclines.
Is This Trek Right For You?
- You will be walking for 5-7 hours per day for nearly two weeks. You might need some mental and physical preparation to tackle this.
- Although this is a moderate difficulty terrain, we recommend maintaining some degree of physical fitness prior to this trip.
- The campsites in the more remote areas have the necessary amenities. You will have clean, cozy beds and hygienic food, but you may need to bring any additional materials.
- The elevation on this trek crosses 4000m as we will be crossing very high passes. So there is a risk of altitude sickness. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you need to seek medical advice before booking this trek. However, we have a comprehensive first aid kit and a trained staff on board to take care of your safety.
Day to Day Itinerary Table – Ganesh Himal Trek
|Day||Itinerary||Altitude (m)||Duration (hours)|
|1||Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu||1350||-|
|2||Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar (Drive)||700||7|
|3||Sole Bazaar to Kispang (Trek)||1900||2020-05-06 00:00:00|
|4||Kispang to Gonga (Trek)||2800||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|5||Gonga to Rupchet (Trek)||3600||5|
|6||Rest day in Rupchet (Trek)||-||-|
|7||Rupchet to Sing La and to Larkap (Trek)||4100 - 3700||2020-03-04 00:00:00|
|8||Larkap to Pangsang La (Trek)||3800||2020-04-05 00:00:00|
|9||Pangsang La to Somdang (Trek)||3200||2020-03-04 00:00:00|
|10||Somdang to Chauri Thala (Trek)||2600||6|
|11||Chauri Thala to Mailung (Trek)||1200||4|
|12||Mailung to Pairobensi (Trek)||800||4|
|13||Pairobensi to Kathmandu (Drive)||1350||7|
- You might want to carry a universal adapter for your charging needs as we go to more remote places. You can also purchase this in shops at Kathmandu itself.
- As the weather can be unpredictable, you should pack a down jacket to get comfortable even if it gets cold or rains.
- ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes, so remember to have some cash handy for your purchases.
- You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits along the way.
The Ganesh Himal Trek falls inside the Langtang National Park of Nepal. So you will need to obtain this permit as well as a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
Langtang National Park Permit
The Langtang National Park Permit fees are detailed as follows:
- USD 30 per person per entry
- USD 15 per person per entry for trekkers from SAARC countries
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card
This permit is mandatory for all trekkers traveling in Nepal. For this permit, you will need to carry some passport-sized photographs and a photocopy of your passport. The costs are detailed as follows:
- USD 20 for individual trekkers
- USD 10 for trekkers in groups
- USD 6 for individual trekkers from SAARC countries
- USD 3 for group trekkers from SAARC countries
Ganesh Himal Trek Itinerary (14 Days)Expand/Close
Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you outside the arrival gate and escort you to your hotel, where you can finish the check-in formalities. Once you settle in, our staff will brief you on the outline for the trek. In the evening, you will be joining the rest of the group for an introductory welcome dinner. The first night is all about bonding and resting up.
- Hassle-free airport pick-up
- A detailed explanation of the itinerary
- Bonding welcome dinner with the full group
Make sure you listen attentively as our tour guide outlines the itinerary for you. You will be gaining insight into the packing list, foods, and what to expect during the trip. This briefing can help you reconfirm whether you have forgotten to pack anything essential. In case you are opting to leave some luggage at the hotel, make sure you double-check your trekking supplies before heading out on the trek.
On this day, we will be driving out to Sole Bazaar. Early morning, we will head out and settle in for a comfortable drive. The route you will be following carries a vital part of our history itself.
Over two centuries ago, this was the same route followed by Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founding father that assembled all the scattered territories.
The drive will take about 7 hours. Sole Bazaar is a small but bustling hill town. The name bazaar translates to the market, and you will find yourself in a lively town. On the first day of the trek itself, the views of the farmlands, terraced slopes, and small settlements will undoubtedly make you feel transported into the countryside.
- A comfortable drive from Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar
- Enjoying the drive through winding roads and leaving the city behind
Since the drive to Sole Bazaar stretches for 6-7 hours, we recommend you carry some snacks and entertainment. While the views outside will surely keep your journey from becoming monotonous, it is ideal for carrying music, podcasts, or books to enjoy your drive.
Early morning, the crisp air will give you a fresh start to your day. Stepping out, you will be heading towards the village of Kispang. First, you will be walking towards Satdobato. You will be navigating a suspension bridge over the Salankhu Khola. This river then goes on to meet the mighty Trishuli River.
Once you cross this bridge, you will be climbing a steep incline to add an authentic thrill of this day’s trek. After reaching Satdobato, another 2 or so hours of walking will lead you to Kispang. This day’s trek will take about 5-6 hours of walking. On this day, you will be walking past a variety of settlements and noticing the cultural diversity from village to village.
- Crossing a suspension bridge over the swift-flowing Salankhu Khola
- Navigating steep inclines and challenging yourself
- Witnessing the cultural diversity that exists from village to village
As we head out on this day’s trek, you will find yourself on a forested trail. The dense forests provide ample shade as you trek on for 6-7 hours. The shift from farmlands and terraced fields to lush forests is bound to be a thrilling experience altogether. You will see large grassy pastures with local herds of sheep and goats. The forests begin once you notice the rhododendron and kharsu around you.
As you trudge on, you will find rewards from the flashes of bright red rhododendron, dark green forests, as well as the bright blue sky that seem to hold up the mountains. We will be stopping for lunch upon reaching a clearing where you will begin to hear the sounds of villagers nearby. Upon reaching Gonga, you will notice exactly how isolated this place can be. Gonga is a small 5-house town and gives you that exact cozy, tucked-away feel.
- Trekking through terraced farmlands to lush forests
- Walking into thick rhododendron forests and being one with nature amongst the trees and flowers
- A true countryside feel with green pastures and grazing herds
- Overnight at the isolated town of Gonga that takes you and your mind away from the busy city life
Early in the morning, you will be making your way towards Rupchet. Once again, we will be taking over inclines. However, these routes adorn beautiful rhododendron and fir. As you leave Gonga, the dense forests will be stretching far and beyond. After walking for about 30 minutes, you will be reaching Mimatashi Karka. If you thought Gonga was a small settlement, this one is going to seem ever tinier.
As you walk on, you will see more trees as the inclines flatten and rise again. The last of these inclines will read you to Rupchet. After being surrounded by thick forests all day, this vast grassland will seem like a sudden release to settlement. You will see grazing huts and unobstructed views of the Central Himalaya.
This day’s trek will take you about 5 hours. Since we are reaching higher elevations, you might want to take this extra time to rest up. You can also simply sit and witness the breathtaking sunset that is sure to impress.
- Taking on steep ascents and dense fir and rhododendron forests to challenge yourself
- Walking past Mimatashi Karka, a seasonally populated 3-house town
- Reaching a wide-open grassland with unobstructed mountain views
- Enjoying a brilliant sunset from Rupchet as you rest up
As we will be crossing elevations over 3000m on this day, be sure not to strain yourself too much while walking. We will be taking ample breaks, but if you feel like you need to stop, make sure you let one of our guides. We have altitude sickness medicines on board, so if you feel any shortness of breath or strain, please feel free to reach out to any member of our team.
We will take this day to acclimatize. Waking up on this hilltop, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of famous mountains. Peaks like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, and more will be eagerly waiting to welcome you. You can utilize this day to explore and snap pictures as you acclimatize to this elevation. Gather your strength so you can take on the trails with blazing energy again tomorrow.
- Mesmerizing views of popular peaks like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Gorkha Himal
- Rest day to replenish your energy and acclimatize at this elevation
If you were amazed by the mountain views yesterday, then prepare to be flabbergasted today. On this day’s trek, we will be climbing up to Sing La pass. From here, we get an up-close look at the snowy peaks that stand over eight thousand meters. With glorious views of Ganesh Himal, Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna range, Langtang range, and Gosaikunda range, your camera will have a hard time keeping up with your enthusiasm.
The trek here will take you about 2-3 hours. As the elevations are higher, we will be pacing ourselves well to minimize any unnecessary strain. Once we pass it, we will be walking down to Larkap. This descent will take us about one hour. We will be setting up camp and enjoying the mountain views as we settle in for the night.
- Trekking up to Sing La pass at 4100m
- Fantastic views of snowy peaks like Ganesh Himal, Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna range, Langtang range, and the Gosaikunda range
- Setting camp at Larkap with majestic eight thousand meter tall mountain views all around you
- Only 3-4 hours of walking
Early morning, you will be witnessing a magnificent sunrise from Larkap. Then, you will be making our way to Pangsang La. This day’s trek will take you about 4-5 hours, and you will be navigating some uphill climbs. Once again, the dense rhododendron forests find you as you walk through plenty of shade and the vibrant colors of nature. Whenever the lush forests part ways, you get glimpses of mountain peaks that elevate the entire experience.
- Walking through lush rhododendron forests and off-beaten trails
- Excellent mountain views throughout your trek
On this day, we will be descending to Somdang. This day’s trek will take you about 3-4 hours. Like the day before, your path will weave you in and out of beautiful red rhododendron forests and treat your eyes with glorious mountain views. As you maneuver the inclines and zigzag trails, you are bound to get an authentic trekking experience.
- Only 3-4 hours of trekking
- Walking through forested trails, inclines, and off-beaten paths
- Excellent mountain views throughout your trek
After a hearty breakfast, we will be making our way to Chauri Thala. This day’s trek will take you about 6 hours. All along the way, you can marvel at the majestic views of the Himalayan range. As you trudge along these rough roads, flora, and fauna around you will create a picturesque memory for you to carry home.
- Majestic views of the Himalayan range
- Feeling one with nature in these off-beaten roads as you descend
Early morning, after breakfast, we will join the trail again. This day’s trek will take you about 4 hours. Once again, the forested trail welcomes you as you trail through rhododendron, oak, and pine forests. You will be navigating these lush forests, breathing in the crisp air with the snow-capped mountains in the back-drop. Mailung is a small riverside village. Here, you can spend time mingling with the locals, walking along the riverbank, or exploring the surrounding areas.
- Only about 4 hours of walking
- Following a forested trail through rhododendron, oak, and pine forests
- Plenty of time to mingle with the locals and explore the small village of Mailung
On this day’s trek, we will be walking along the Trishuli river. This fast-flowing river is sure to dance along your path, celebrating your successful trek. You will be walking for about 4 hours. You will come across many mixed settlements and get a sneak peek into the local livelihood along the way. As we set up camp at Pairobensi, you will get to spend the evening as well as fall asleep listening to the gentle gush of the Trishuli river.
- Trekking alongside the Trishuli riverbank
- Walking by mixed settlements and getting a glimpse of the daily lives in these villages
- Only about 4 hours of walking
Congratulations! You have successfully completed your trek! Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the drive to Kathmandu. You will be driving through the familiar highway as the small villages, terraced lands, and rivers bid you adieu. After this, you can relax in your hotel and spend the day reliving your successful trek through your camera roll. You can also stroll into the lively streets of Thamel during the evening.
- Comfortable and scenic drive back to Kathmandu
- Free rest of the day to stroll around the city or rest up
And just like that, we’ve reached the end of your trip. Our representative will be taking you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. Bidding you a safe journey, a suitcase full of memories, and hoping to see you again.
Ganesh Himal Trek Cost
The Cost Include(s)
- Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both international and domestic flights
- Assistance for the trekking gears and the shopping for the trekking equipment if required
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Langtang National Park Permit (USD 30 per person) and TIMS
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking
- 3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis
- Accommodation in camping tents during trekking
- All private overland transports included in the itinerary
- All kitchen teams, including experienced trek cook and staff
- All camping equipment
- Nepal Social Treks Gears – sleeping bag, duffel bag for the use during the trip
- Professional local guide with extensive experience
- First Aid Kit Comprehensive
- Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment (1 porter per 2 trekkers)
- Insurance for all staff including porters
- Assistance to evacuation in case of any kind of emergency
- Ganesh Himal Trekking map
- Nepal government tax and service fees
The Cost Exclude(s)
- Entry visa for Nepal that you can get upon arrival in Kathmandu
- Any bottled drinks other than tea and coffee
- Personal insurance if any evacuation is needed during trekking or climbing
- Any personal gear for trekking
- International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges
- Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Additional expenses for batteries, telephones, cold drinks, laundry, and so on
- Any tips or gratuities for the staff
Why Nepal Social Treks for the Ganesh Himal Trek?
We understand that we must truly step-up to win your selection with a multitude of trekking companies all vying for your attention. Here’s why we are confident that Nepal Social Trek will be the best choice for all your trekking needs.
Higher Success Rates
Experience speaks. Nepal Social Treks boasts of a consistent delivery, which is evident by the 300+ treks we have been conducting every single year. The glowing reviews on our site left by satisfied travelers speak for themselves. We bring a highly qualified team to these terrains and are confident in delivering nothing short of excellence.
The itinerary for the Ganesh Himal Trek aims to suit you as the traveler. The pacing and acclimatization are all mapped out to ensure that you can get an authentic trekking experience without any unnecessary strain on your body.
Well Qualified Teams
A brand is nothing without a team of dedicated and reliable team members. We are proud to showcase our guides with years of hands-on experience in the field. Their dedication has allowed us to boast of a 99% success rate in all our treks. Our guides and porters will make sure your trip treats you to visual beauty and the rich stories about the traversing lands.
Excellent Food and Accommodation Facilities
We understand that health can be a concerning factor when planning to head to these remote locations. So, we ensure absolutely zero compromises when it comes to the health and safety of our clients. Our itinerary includes three healthy meals every day of the trek that fulfills every hygiene and taste requirements. Similarly, comfort will be delivered all along the trek. We ensure comfortable mattresses in camps or hotels and lodges wherever possible.
We understand that as you trudge on higher altitudes and challenging terrains, you might be wondering what technology we have onboard. We always make sure to utilize the most advanced technology to carry out any weather forecasting. Our guides will ensure high-technology usage for team communication as well.
We will be staying in three-star hotels while we are in the city. Further, into the trek, we will be staying at camping tents. Rest assured, we have ensured top-tier security as well as comfort in any situation. The tents will be on a twin-share basis with a comfortable mattress, so there is no compromise even while we trek into more isolated areas.
The Ganesh Himal Trek can be quite strenuous at some parts as there are some distinct uphill climbs. As such, previous trekking experience will help you navigate these trails much more easily. This trek is suitable for moderately fit people. Despite this, we will be providing a good pace as well as plenty of stops.
We do recommend some physical fitness prep before your arrival to avoid any overexertion. In case you are suffering from any pre-existing medical condition, we suggest you consult your doctor before picking this trek.
As this is not a popular trek, not all the villages will have the amenities that you may need. We recommend you carry a solar charger for your cameras and phones. If you don’t have one, our team will have solar charging for emergencies.
There are plenty of ATM and credit card facilities available in Kathmandu. However, beyond that, when you venture into more remote villages and higher altitudes, these are going to be scarce to non-existent. We recommend you carry the necessary cash for any purchases in these areas. Additionally, we recommend that you exchange all your foreign currency into local money. As we trek into these villages, you are unlikely to find many places that accept foreign currency.
Yes. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your country before coming on this trek. Nepal Social Treks only covers the insurance for our staff. Please make sure that your insurance covers you for high altitude trekking.
The elevation on this trek does exceed 4000m. While the risk of altitude sickness differs from person to person, there is still a possibility. However, we have designed the itinerary to make sure you can acclimatize properly. Our guides are certified first-aid responders fully trained to take care of you. Furthermore, our first aid kit is also fully equipped to take care of you. We recommend you maintain a steady pace and keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
Porters are optional. If you feel like you need help carrying your bags as you want to focus on the trek and enjoying the view itself, we have them onboard our team. Typically, a porter can carry about 20kg in weight, which includes their backpack as well.
As you know, your health and safety is our number one priority. As such, we will ensure clean drinking water throughout the trek. Bottled water is also available for purchase if you wish to carry them on the Ganesh Himal Trek.
We strongly suggest you refrain from drinking tap water as it is likely that your stomach will not have adjusted to the local water just yet. For your safety, only drink bottled water or properly filtered water. Additionally, you should consider carrying water purifying tablets for proper safety.
Ganesh Himal Trek is a trek of moderate to strenuous difficulty. You will be traversing uneven terrains, strenuous inclines, and reaching altitudes over 4000m. Similarly, there can always be unpredictable shifts in the weather patterns, so it is always ideal to remain well-prepared for any situation. With this in mind, we have drawn up the following list of trekking gear that you should consider packing:
Breathable trekking shirts, both half and full sleeves
Water and wind-resistant trekking trousers
Comfortable trekking shorts for walking in hot weather
At least one thermal layer for colder conditions
Waterproof jacket for unexpected rains
Light fleece jacket for warmer areas
High-quality down jacket in case of extreme weather conditions
Comfortable, worn-in hiking boots
Sandals for leisurely walking
High-quality hiking socks and thermal socks
Sun protection hat
Beanie or headband
Inner and Outer gloves
Good quality sleeping bag
Camera and portable chargers
UV protection sunglasses
Water bottle and water purification tablets
Any prescription medications
Hand sanitizers, sunscreen, lip balm